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Platoon Kunshalle

PLATOON KUNSTHALLE opened its doors on 11th april 2009. PLATOON KUNSTHALLE is set up in Seoul as a space for subculture in Asia. its programmatic orientation towards cultural movements beneath the radar creates a dynamic space where new ideas are born and presented.

Concept Design: Platoon Cultural Development
Location: Seoul, Korea

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Joel Hester

The Weld House by Joel Hester.

From the site:
''We are a small company specializing in handmade steel furniture. Whether choosing the industrial feel of new blue/grey steel or the reclaimed sheetmetal of 20+ year old American automobiles, you will end up with an heirloom quality piece of furniture that is truly one-of-a-kind and only available at The Weld House.
We ship worldwide.''

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Pieter Hugo

Nollywood by Pieter Hugo.
Pieter Hugo was born in 1976 and grew up in Cape Town. He underwent a two-year residency in 2002-3 at Fabrica in Treviso, Italy.

In the Nollywood series, Hugo explores the multilayered reality of the Nigerian film industry. Photographs from the series were included on the exhibition Disguise: The art of attracting and deflecting attention at Michael Stevenson in May 2008. Hugo has subsequently returned to Nigeria to extend and deepen this body of work, and the series will be published in book form by Prestel in October 2009.
Nollywood is the third largest film industry in the world, releasing between 500 and 1 000 movies each year. It produces movies on its own terms, telling stories that appeal to and reflect the lives of its public: it is a rare instance of self-representation on such a scale in Africa. The continent has a rich tradition of story-telling that has been expressed abundantly through oral and written fiction, but has never been conveyed through the popular media before. Stars are local actors; plots confront the public with familiar situations of romance, comedy, witchcraft, bribery, prostitution. The narrative is overdramatic, deprived of happy endings, tragic. The aesthetic is loud, violent, excessive; nothing is said, everything is shouted.

Brandon Jan Blommaert

Junk sculptures by Brandon Jan Blommaert from Canada. Flickr set here.

Sam Jinks

Sam Jinks was born in Australia in 1973 and currently lives and works in Melbourne.

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Yu Chang Wang

Sun Tattoo by Yu Chang Wang.

Inspired by the Moldy Body Object.
Sun Tattoo is a soft stencil which can be used for making the tattoo pattern on the skin by sunshine. It’s better to use it with sunless tanning cream.

Janine Rewell

Tan the man by Janine Rewell. More details at Tan the man blog.

Janine Rewell is a freelancing graphic designer and illustrator from Helsinki, Finland. Janine has worked as an illustrator since 2006, nowadays represented by illustration agency AGENT PEKKA. Her awarded works have appeared in advertisements, product packaging, book covers, magazines and posters. Janine's computer-based vector style combines basic geometrical forms with small decorative elements. The style is often described as absurd yet naive, with a modern Slavic touch.

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Inspired by nature, science and the Apocalypse, the Glory Scarfs show a spectacular display of colour, pattern and mathematics.
An evolution from our previous ranges of hand dyed scarfs, each one is a mathematically valid fractal, painstakingly created by entering a series of numbers and equations into a computer, creating a potentially infinite variety of form, colour and detail bringing the skill and technique of handcraft into the digital age.
This process means each individual scarf is based upon a completely unique equation and can never be replicated. As in nature, a rare organic creation digitally captured.

Photograph by Lyn & Tony

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Robert G Bartholot

Geometric homicide. Photographic illustration. 2009. By Robert G Bartholot

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The Destruction of Nakagin Capsule Tower

Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo (1972). This was designed by Kisho Kurokawa. It consists of individual flats each in a pre-formed box or capsule, which are then plugged into the superstructure to form this tower. Each capsule is pre-assembled in a factory, including furniture and appliances like phones and televisions. It is then hoisted by crane and fastened onto the concrete shaft.
The capsules are designed for individuals, so if a family wanted to live there it would have to collect several of them. The overall form is not fixed. The units are detachable and the building evolves as people add to it. This is an attempt to create a sustainable architecture using exchangeability and recyclability.

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Colour Me In

Thuy-van vu

The paintings of Thuy-van vu feature everyday domestic objects that are decomposed and fragmented. Objects such as chairs, beds, electric burners are defamiliarized as they are removed from any recognizable context. The artist's recent paintings are based on photographs of abandoned buildings that are splintered into pure abstraction. The new forms reference dynamic disaster areas, where pieces of wood are stacked on top of one another to create an entirely new form.

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Daily Serving

Laurie Lipton

Laurie Lipton was born in New York.
She was the first person to graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania with a Fine Arts Degree in Drawing (with honours). She has lived in Holland, Belgium, Germany and France and has made her home in London since 1986.